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Old 6th February 2011, 09:36 AM   #491
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I am a big fun of Wadia decoding computers and Italian Graaf gear (OTL tube stuff Black Gates internally - out of production nowadays as I heard).

In US Maggies is a must have imho. They are very pricey and rear outside of US but in US could be purchased second hand at ridiculous low bargain price being lucky enough. A little bit tricky in setup and amplification in order to reveal full potential of these speakers however vocal and organ records reproduction on Magneplanars is absolutely astonishing.

Cary Xciter setup looks very intriguing designed to be used for direct computer playback.
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Old 6th February 2011, 09:58 AM   #492
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The minimum wage in 1970 was $1.60 an hour.
I know minimum wage in 1978 was $2.65 an hour because that is when I got my first job and it payed me $2.00 an hour but did not ask me for proof of my age. I was 14 and you had to be 16 to work so I said I was 16 and they took my word for it but they obviously knew I wasn't and that's why they paid me 2 bucks an hour.
I'm trying to think but nothing happens.
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Old 17th June 2011, 07:20 PM   #493
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Here is my advise, you get what you pay for. You should buy the best with what your money can buy in any purchase.

Good luck.
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Old 17th June 2011, 07:28 PM   #494
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DIY is the way to go. Have a look at my Aleph 4 Stricktly DIY thread. I built am impressive (15K+) amp for less than 500.
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Old 20th June 2011, 07:17 AM   #495
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This reminds me of a doctor(Physician).

There was this doctor who was charging in par with the other general practitioners. He had very few patients/customers.

One day he raised his fees, and from that day, he started getting more patients.

Now see the effect. The doctor, his treatment and other parameters r the same. Only increased cost and people think he is good.

That's human behaviour.

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Old 20th June 2011, 07:53 AM   #496
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^^ I know of a struggling beer brand that was marketed the same way. It worked. I agree that the same thing applies to audio, but I don't think it's near the whole story. Quality certainly has its price, but more expensive isn't always better (quality).
But since you brought up medicine, a recent point of discussion here, a person could argue that a placebo-type effect for the doctor's new patients would help cure them. So he's providing the needed treatment and the patients are receiving it and paying for it. Likewise if someone needs to spend upwards of six figures or more for an audio system to feel better and "hear it the way it's supposed to sound" there is someone out there to cure that jones. To summarize... "just" no, "lots" yes.
It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from enquiry. - Thomas Paine
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Old 20th June 2011, 07:56 AM   #497
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I always say - Take your ears shopping.

Ultimately you are buying something to listen to. If you like the sound then buy it.

If you can't hear the difference then it would be a waste of money.
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Old 20th June 2011, 10:07 PM   #498
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well, an old thread but my first comment:
high end audio is a bit like high end automobiles...
Chrome makes it go faster and sound better!
I think the best advice is the oldest that I know: use you ears!;
unless you have to show off to your friends the magic beans you gave lots of cash for...
I have heard my share of bs and argument for 'which snake-oil works best,' but generally there is just enough good equipment to serve the market and a lot of crap to sell to the unwary.
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